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Rike is the Swedish word for "realm". The word is traditionally used for sovereign entities, a country with a King or Queen as head of state, such as the United Kingdom or Sweden itself, is a Kungarike.

The word is used in "Svea rike", with the current spelling "Sverige", the name of Sweden in Swedish. It is based on an analogy to Svealand and to Mother Svea, a symbolic representation of the nation. It is also present in the names of instituions such as the Riksdag, Riksbank, Riksgäld, Riksåklagaren, Rikspolisstyrelsen, Riksteatern, Riksdaler, etc.

The Lord's Prayer uses the words in the Swedish version "tillkomme ditt rike" (thy kingdom come).


See also: Realm of Sweden